Blog of a FilmMaker :- Ideas & project creation

Hi, this is just a brief post on my experience creating the initial project and the ideas construction of a project. 

When starting a new short film or other media project I always start with ideas and odd notes jotted down in my notebooks (while working on other projects or just other work), and through this I have created an idea / project ideas back log 2014 & one for 2015 to come back to. Then any ideas that pop into my head are added to the mix then the research starts, this is on everything from topics & narrative content right through to the film production and style up to the post production and distribution. This is mixed in with any personal experience. 

I then bring all my research together and add more ideas and notes that come then I pull all those notes and ideas together into mind maps and lists and slowly tweak and cut through them. 

At this stage I read through my notes and ideas and decide on the general confirmed notes ie location area, the genre, how many characters, target audience and duration. This comes either in the research stage or when the feeling is right.

I then make a list of around 20 favourite brief idea outlines ie 2 people wake up in doll house and must find a way to lift curse to get home etc. Then I whittle it down to 10 then to 5 then to 3 until you get to that 1 to take forward. These are not set in stone numbers or methods just the rule of thumb I developed. I also add the 4-2 other good and favourite ideas to my idea backlog just in case. 

At this point when i have final project idea, I concentrate & focus all the creative ideas and notes and research on it until pre production reaches the final shooting script and production has wrapped as the idea is alive and evolving all the time. 

And 1 very important note is, the seed of your creation never looks like the final edit. That’s the best part. 

My film CONTROL LOSS looked completely different and had two different titles, tag-lines and a whole different narrative and style at the seed of its creation but it still keeps evolving and will look even more different at its distribution. As I said that’s the best part because it grows and changes with you; and that to me reminds me of when the renascence heros describe an idea as a living muse. 

Thanks for reading and see you next time ūüôā


Blog of a Film Maker – Low budget equipment and buying equipment at amazon

Hi, Today I will be looking at buying low cost and low budget equipment and the advantages of getting equipment on mainly amazon and other similar sites.

As I mentioned in my last post I am just starting out with my freelance filmmaking and film producing, I have 2 self produced projects (1 with a shoot date looming) in the pipeline and a professional promo project in the works and very little funds. This is a position most, if not all, filmmakers find them selves in as they start out. 

So with this dilemma, I bought a DSLR CANON EOS 1200D which is a god sent as I pointed out In my last post. Now for the rest of my low budget equipment. Here I found useful videos of fellow film makers’ low budget kits. by DSLR FILM NOOB by Mathew Pearce 

While budgeting and doing equipment research I found all my equipment on amazon as I was cutting my spending and experimenting with my budgets. Here i found how far you can stretch a budget with almost industry quality equipment. I have saved a basket of a full DSLR film kit for just about ¬£430 give or take. This is really good as the rest of the budget can be spent on location, actors and crew etc. Now I admit i may not have the top lights and just the small square portable lights as well as the top high end brands but the low end kit I’ve gone for will get the job done well for a short film and a starting out producers.

I hope this helps and gives an insight. Thanks for reading.

Blog of a Filmmaker – DSLR Film Making: My Beginners Insight and Guide

Hi, In this edition to the Blog of a Filmmaker I will be talking about being a dslr filmmaker and dslr filming.

As a filmmaker starting out (freelancing and self producing) and being unemployed, I didn’t have or know where to get the funds for industry equipment and ended up sitting around, saving and buying cheap home filming equipment which was fine for the time and purpose i used it for but not professional (as it started to break after 1-2 years use) for branching out and properly starting. Then came the problem i had been stuck on, I have a self produced film project shoot looming and professional work / work experience jobs suddenly popping up, i needed an industry camera and fast. So do I dip further into my pocket and scrape to get a sony z5 or something similar or hire equipment?. Then salvation came whilst I was researching and self educating my self on film making and a video on DSLR film making came up, a video I had seen but not taken in before. I found that yes I could get DSLR camera and other equipment and get the broadcast quality of industry equipment.

Here is the video which introduced me to DSLR filmmaking and micro crew filming.

Here are some videos below on why DSLR cameras are good for filmmaking and their features. Also they provide good tutorials and tips.

by Fenchel & Janisch

by Jake Coppinger

by DSLRguide

For me the decision was, I need to kick start my media and filmmaking career and at the moment I am stuck. So with the revelation of DSLR filmmaking and how it is a good stepping stone from home cameras to industry equipment I thought Yes DSLR filmmaking is my next step. This has been the best thing for my career and journey. I love that you can do so much with DSLRs and get so many accessories and lenses to enhance the film and stills.

As a conclusion, for low and no budget films, indie and short film and for start outs, DSLR filmmaking is the best way forward. However I would use it as a stepping stone and as an alternative or back up to a sony z5 or other industry film Cameras when i have bigger projects and more budgets. But I am growing more and more attached to DSLR filmmaking and highly recommend it.

Thanks for reading. I will be posting more soon. Happy film making.

Blog of a film maker series launch

Hi, welcome to my Blog. I have had this site since my media degree years at uni. I am now a film graduate in Birmingham West Midlands UK. I have unfortunately been unemployed since graduating due to the tough competition, and yes of course the economic crisis and austerity. Regardless of politics and etc I have kept my dream going through thick and thin and eventually the prospect of being a freelance and self producing filmmaker and media worker is beginning to bloom into opportunity. I have had a great 2 years to find and define myself and to learn about the industry as much as i can without getting paid work. For example I have been producing special and visual effects along with CGI animations and actual promo video work experience. I have also gained work experience as a PR officer for a charity group i am a member of.

Things are on the up as I have 2 self produced projects in the works, short films, and a professional job. Also the fact that I have a clear business plan and a self image to market for both business and myself as film maker.

This blog series will be a blog of a film maker and spreading knowledge i have and useful tips along with my work and behind the scenes info. My areas of interests are music videos (least favourite), TV and films. I will share anything media and film / TV related and mainly the filmmaking side of things.